John Malcolm Andrews was born in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, in 1936. In 1945 he went with his parents to South America. After a few boyhood years in Uruguay, he returned to boarding school and university in England, where he studied engineering. He followed a career in business, travelling internationally, and management consultancy, eventually setting up as a consultant and machinery broker on his own.
He and his wife Geraldine were founder members of the Antique Collectors' Club and he wrote its first book, The Price Guide to Antique Furniture, in 1968. It has been in print in various forms ever since. He has written five reference books on antique furniture and is currently Managing Editor of Antique Collecting magazine. He was Chairman of the Trustees of Rye Art Gallery from 1995 to 2004.
As John Malcolm he produced the first of seventeen crime novels in 1984 and was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association in 1994-1995. The Tim Simpson series of 15 novels has received consistently ethusiastic reviews.
He lives in East Sussex with his wife Geraldine. They have one son, Sam, who is a journalist and publisher.
John Malcolm Andrews
Novels as John Malcolm:-
The Tim Simpson series:-
A Back Room in Somers Town
The Godwin Sideboard
The Gwen John Sculpture
Whistler in the Dark
The Wrong Impression
Sheep, Goats and Soap
A Deceptive Appearance
The Burning Ground
Into The Vortex
Circles and Squares
The Chippendale Factor
Non-fiction as John Andrews:
The Price Guide to Antique Furniture
The Price Guide to Victorian Furniture
The Price Guide to Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s Furniture
British Antique Furniture 6th edition 2011
Victorian and Edwardian Furniture
Antique Furniture: The ACC Guide to the Antique Furniture of the Western World
Arts and Crafts Furniture. 2nd edition 2012
Reviews of A Back Room in Somers Town
'Brings to the world of art-dealing a mixture of expertise and affection that recalls Dick Francis...intriguing mystery with an agreeable hero! P. MAIL ON SUNDAY
The small painting by a follower of Sickert was not particularly valuable, yet someone had thought it worth robbing an art gallery to possess it, and killing the owner. Tim Simpson, young investment specialist, is determined to find out why, but all his investigations in London lead to dead ends. It is only when he is whisked off on business to Brazil, there in the midst of financial wheeling and dealing, wealth and luxury, sultry passions and lurking danger, that he finds the answers.
'Vivid, lively and original, very good' T. J. BINYON. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'Exciting and moving...a good example of the best sort of thriller' GLASGOW HERALD
From The New York Times Book Supplement June 8th 1986, Crime reviews by Newgate Callendar:-
Of the many mystery writers who base their stories on art, John Malcolm is one of the best, and he follows previous form in THE GWEN JOHN SCULPTURE. Again the hero is Tim Simpson, the tough young art expert with an easily kindled temper.
The plot is fairly complicated, and several strands are simultaneously handled....
Mr. Malcolm weaves all these strands with a sure, graceful hand. He is an urbane writer who never seems to strike a false note in his prose. His dialogue is natural-sounding, his writing never forced. His characterization of a French businessman with the heart of a con artist is especially effective. 'The Gwen John Sculpture' with its tension and mounting suspense, serves as a fine reminder that a good writer can deliver an absorbing action story without resorting to heavy breathing and strenuous heroics.